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I slaughtered, gutted, and skinned 17 chickens

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

Jim Reports:

Other than hosting some guests, this week was fairly quiet here at the ranch.  The weather has been intermittently rainy. One day was dry enough to be a designated poultry day. I slaughtered, gutted, de-legged, and skinned 17 chickens and one turkey. Meanwhile, Lily worked tirelessly with the remainder of the cleaning, butchering, and prep-for-the-freezer tasks, on all of those birds. We had a very busy day!

Avalanche Lily Reports:

Dear Readers,

I hope you all had a great Independence Day celebration.  Over the weekend, some relatives stopped in for the afternoon and night while on their travels through the American Redoubt.  It was super wonderful to see them.

On Monday evening, we kind of celebrated Independence Day with friends, the parent’s and siblings, of Miss Eloise’s best friend, who spent the past month with us.  We had some good food and fellowship with them and were sad to say good-bye to her.

On Independence Day, we attended the local parade and then spent the rest of the day relaxing and getting ready to travel.  We were too tired by evening to go back to town to watch the fireworks.  Eh, we’ve all seen many fireworks in the past, and most likely will see them again in the future…

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In the garden, thus far, this summer, we’ve mainly harvested greens, grown in our greenhouse with which we have made salads and many awesome, healthy smoothies. They’re healthy, Jim!  They’re not “The Green Death” !!  🙂   This is a family joke!  I make them for me, Jim and Violet.  Most of the time, Miss Eloise flat out refuses them. I put a lot of sweet fruit in them.  I love them.  (The lettuces planted in the garden will be ready to pick within the next week or so)

I harvested the first two yellow squash this week from the greenhouse, and chopped and froze it.  I also picked and froze about a half gallon of some lovely, sweet strawberries!  I can’t wait for all of the other crops to be ready to harvest!  I re-weeded the Mandan corn and re-mulched it with straw.  I pulled tall weeds from around the golden raspberries and found and ate the first three ripe ones. YUM!

Most of those chickens that we butchered, I de-breasted and took the thighs and froze them.  The rest of the carcasses, all of them, except the three biggest birds, which were frozen whole, were boiled down for broth and  meat.  The girls deboned the carcasses and we froze that meat for future stews/stir fries.  When we return from our travels, I may dehydrate and can some of the deboned chicken.

During our travels, we’ll be visiting some museums, national parks and theme parks of high interest to us, and will also be visiting with many friends and relatives.  Sometimes we need to take a break from our regular life and spend other quality, relationship-building time with family.  We have some dear friends taking care of the watering, berry and zucchini harvesting, and animal care for us while we travel.  We are not expecting any other crops to ripen during the duration of our trip.  Thank You so, so much, you guys!

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May you all have a very blessed and safe week.

– Avalanche Lily, Rawles

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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.

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